DIL 'suggested' that I make a feeder for their new St. Bernard dog, Bud, now
5.5 months old. I used some old cabinet doors and put this thing together.
It is about 13" tall. Still needs some paint....mmmmmaybe white with some
Bud and his master, Brady.
Hmm, gonna be a slobering monster that!
Reminds me of something though. This last weekend SWMBO dragged me to the
home show. Some guy is selling handcrafted, get this now, shithouses for
cats. It's a rather elaborate cabinet with raised panel sides and doors,
which encloses a catbox. Has a little fabric door so kitty can get inside
and have some privacy. I think the painted ones started at $300 and went up
Lot's of folks looking. Didn't hang around long enough to see any buyers.
Took a quick look, SWMBO agreed that we (we?) could build one, and then
agreed it was a dumb idea.
I'm not at all surprised. Locally, they (vets) are building a new, high
tech, $6M animal hospital with CAT scans and MRI...they've discovered that
many people are willing to "mortgage their houses and take on second jobs"
(wording from news article) to provide their pets with the same sort of care
they'd want for themselves. While I've been quite attached to all the pets
I've ever had, it seems like extreme greed is driving this getting some
people to go into debt to the tune of $20k for chemotherapy that really
isn't helping their pets. I can see helping an animal to live a decent
life, but if it has a terminal illness anyway...
the DIL sent me a picture from a catalog and they wanted $90+ for their
big-dog feeder. Looked at Petco for stainless bowls and they wanted $12+
but Walmart had them for about $5. I got these bowls at a garage sale for
$1 each.. As you can tell from the pictures, I'm not expending much energy
with this project.. If it were my dog he would eat from bowls on the floor
like the rest of us ;-)
Umm, Tell Brady that his St Bernard should not have elevated feed bowls,
while there is no real determination of why giant breed dogs have problems
with bloating, statistically the one thing most of them have had in common
was elevated feeders. I have a Saint and my Vet sure gave me "whatfor" when
she heard of me even mentioning it.
Eric Johnson wrote in alt.binaries.pictures.woodworking
Have to disagree with you here Eric. I have had 5 great danes and they all
had elevated feeding dishes. This was done on the advice of 4 different
vets. Everything I have read over the last 4 or 5 years says that bloat is
attributed in part by feeding off the ground or ground level. Large breeds
need to eat from feeding dishes elevated off the ground level.
This is what I have been told and read you may have different information.
Hum...my feeling on this is that it is a "human" thing and not
a "dog" thing. It is the same reason we have varieties of food that
"taste" different (although more I think it is "smell" different).
My yardstick is this: DO you see dogs dragging the carcasses
of their kills over to a handy rock/stump/log and draping them up in
the air before they chow down? I think not....which means the
"natural" way is "where is, as is"...
On the other hand, my sister has a cat that has developed the
habit of laying down next to the food bowl and dragging bits of food
out with his paw before devouring them. It suddenly occurs to me,
though, that perhaps it is not that he is bloody lazy...but that he
thinks he is a Roman Emperor... Hum...now THAT is a thought.
In any case, very often folks are not rational about their
pets...and, sadly enough, too many folks are uneducated about what is
"good" for them too.
Actually, if you give it some careful reflection, I think you will
recognize that your example doesn't really work. Domestic dogs are most
certainly *not* wild dogs. They have a huge range of attributes bred
into them which would be very quickly bred out in the wild or any other
survival-of-the-fittest scenario. All sorts of diseases, etc. not to
mention weak stomachs, passiveness, etc. Do you really think the
Dachshund would survive in the wild?
It would not be surprising if some domestics could not feed well on food
placed low. Such dogs would die in the wild, of course.
I'm not sure if its if they could survive so much as "how long" would they
We like to keep our pets around as long as possible, so we do things to help
them live longer than they live in the wild.
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